TACTICS FOR EFFECTIVE CONSERVATIVE BLOGGING
Demand an elaborate, time-consuming comparison / analysis between your position and theirs.
Insist that the Liberal put their posts “in their own words”. That will consume the most time and effort for the Liberal poster. They will be unable to spread numerous points on numerous blogs if you have them occupied. Allowing a Liberal to post a web link is too quick and efficient for them. Tie them up. We are going for delay of game here.
Dismiss their narrative as rubbish immediately. Do not even read it. Once the Liberal goes through the trouble to research, gather, collate, compose and write their narrative your job is to discredit it. Make it obvious you tossed their labor-intensive narrative aside like garbage. This will have the effect of demoralizing the Liberal poster. It will make them unwilling to expend the effort again, and for us, that is a net win.
Attack the source. Any Liberal website or information source must be marginalized, trivialized and discounted. Let the blogosphere know that “Truthout.org”, “thinkprogress.org”, “the nation” and “moveon.org” are Liberal rubbish propaganda. Discredit Liberal sources of information whenever possible.
Challenge the Liberal position with questions, always questions. The questions need not be relevant. The goal is to knock the Liberal poster off their game, and seize control of the narrative. Once you have control you can direct the narrative to where you want it to go, which is always away from letting the Liberal make their point. Conversely, do not respond to their leading questions. Don’t rise to their bait.
Your job is to prevent the presentation and spread of Liberal viewpoints. Do anything you must do to
prevent a Liberal poster from presenting a well-reasoned argument, or starting a civil discussion. Don’t allow a Liberal to present their dogma unchallenged,….EVER.
Taunt the Liberals. If you find yourself in a debate with a Liberal where you are losing a fact-based argument then call them a name to derail their diatribe. Remember your goal is to prevent a meaningful exchange of views and ideas which may portray Liberalism in a positive light. Your goal as a conservative blogger is to stop the spread and advance of the Liberal agenda. Play upon any identifiable idiosyncrasies, character flaws, physical traits, names, to their disadvantage. Monitor other posts for vulnerabilities you can exploit. Stay on the offensive with Liberal wimps. Don’t let up.
Insult their Movement
Assign as many character and moral flaws to Liberals as you can. You must portray Liberals as weak, vacillating, indecisive, amoral, baby killers, unpatriotic, effete snobs, elitists, Leftists, Commies, sense of entitlement, promiscuous, union lovers, tax raisers, Welfare Queens, Socialists, lazy, sex-obsessed, druggies, Jesus haters, moochers, troop haters,….etc. Always use these negative epithets when referring to, or describing Liberals / democrats.
Identify yourself as a “moderate”, “centrist” or “independent”. It will also cause Liberals to lower their guard a bit, which gives you an effective opening. This may also have the effect of aligning conservative viewpoints with the real moderates we are attempting to reach. It may serve to influence some moderates over to the Republican side.
Always claim the high ground of pro-military, low taxes, strong defense, morality and religion. We own those virtues. Learn how to exploit them when debating. Call the Liberals weak on terrorism, it drives them crazy. Ask them, “Why do you hate Freedom?” Always a nebulous, generic, and unprovable question.
Smudge the Lines
Say that there is no difference between the two parties. Look for ways to show how similar the two parties are. Make them doubt their allegiance to the democrat party. The goal here is to implant doubt.
Inquire as to the personal lives of Liberal posters. Get to know them. Where they live, work, how many kids. Call them by their first names. This will make them tone down their narrative. After all, you are not going to insult a trusted friend are you? Neither will they. If they are a powerful blogger with a sharp tongue you need to find a way to weaken their rhetoric, and nothing will do that as well as familiarity.
Always refer to the other side as “Liberals”, “Lefty Liberals”, “Libbies”. Never assign them the status of a bona-fide political party. Hang Liberalism around their neck like a burning tire. Make Liberalism appear as a moral turpitude or a character flaw. They are NEVER, NEVER to be referred to as “the Democratic Party”. At best it is “the democrat party”. Never assign them respect.
Be alert for ways to insert our catch phrases into your narrative. You will receive your daily list of talking points and topics that we want you to cover. Consistent, persistent repetition and inculcation will drive our talking points home and so will neuro-linguistic programming. Stick with it and our talking points will become truth. If they debunk your talking point, ignore it, and move on as if you didn’t hear it.
Observing some of the exchanges on First Read over the last several months it has become clear to me that some of the conservatives appearing there are more than just disaffected random people. Right now you’re thinking: “No **** Sherlock”. The daily appearance of the people is more than just coincidence.
As Feisty and others have noted these people are “trolls” whom are sent against Liberal posters to impede the exchange and advancement of Liberal ideology. They are professionals at it, and they are compensated by the right wing that is trying to subjugate what remains of the working class.
They seem to coordinate attack offsite before they begin their “day”, and they tend to run through the same talking points, and even use the same phraseology. They each employ the tactics listed above, or some variation of them.
For instance, have you noticed on a certain day they all seem to promote Hillary for president? They say she would make a better president, and that they would vote for her if she ran. (Right). They are pumping her for the same reason we would promote Palin or Bachmann: Hillary would be easy to beat. With their comically-flawed candidate lineup their only hope now is to put the Democratic candidate in the same position that their candidates find themselves: unelectable.
Lately they have been on a kick deriding Liberal posters for being “cut and pasters”. The reason of course is that the narrative and links you provide is a rapier right through the skull of conservatism. They are effective, difficult to counter, and fatal to their flawed ideology. The information is quickly retrievable and quickly posted for maximum effect and efficiency. Conservatives want to encumber your ability to disseminate information that discredits their “movement”. They want to slow you down and cost you time.
Other recent conservative blogger initiatives include their almost awkwardly executed campaign to attribute the infamous Bush Tax Cuts on President Obama. Closely associated are their attempts to pin our current economic status on Obama, as if the President inherited a prosperous growing economy on day one. There is nothing as risky as engaging in revisionist history.
In each of these cases we see their tacit admissions that not only are conservatives to blame, but they know it. Otherwise they would not be in such a frenetic, contrived attempt to make Obama own Bush baggage.
One Democratic counter tactic that I think is untried is to get America to realize why Obama is sitting in the White House today to begin with: It is not because Obama was so good; it is because Republicans were so bad. Democrats enjoyed big electoral successes in 2006 and 2008. One-hundred percent Republican control became 100% Democratic control in just 2 years. There was a reason. Republican custody of Washington became a nightmare for average Americans, and America responded to the approaching Republican Depression, rising unemployment, a 50% drop in the stock market, two wars, 911, numerous scandals and incompetence during Hurricane Katrina by turning Republicans out of office en masse.
We could literally tell the people: “Remember what happened the last time we gave you the keys”?
People need to be reminded of what Republican incompetence brought us in 2008: a cataclysm from which we have yet to recover.